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Govt launches campaign to fight illegal drug sale

The district health department on Thursday launched the 'Drug-free Sirsa' campaign in order to tighten the noose around doctors and chemists in the district who prescribe and sell illegal and banned drugs.

punjab Updated: Jan 08, 2015 20:07 IST
HT Correspondent

The district health department on Thursday launched the 'Drug-free Sirsa' campaign in order to tighten the noose around doctors and chemists in the district who prescribe and sell illegal and banned drugs.

The launch took place during a meeting of state and district drug and narcotics officials with the district's chief medical officer, Surender Nain.

In the meeting, Nain gave directions to the officials present to launch a massive search operation across the district to uncover unauthorised chemists and medical practitioners who were selling and prescribing banned drugs and asked the department to record the license and registration numbers of all the chemists in the districts.

The CMO said that the department was committed to eradicating drug abuse in the district adding that the police department has joined hands with the drug and narcotics department for the same.

CMO added that it would be ensured that drug traders from Punjab and Rajasthan do not enter into district. "Youth from the Punjab and Rajasthan often come to Sirsa because medical drugs are available at very cheap rates here," Nain said.

Apart from this, directions have been issued to all chemists in the district to maintain the data of abortion pills in order to curb female foeticide. The data will be reviewed through weekly audits.